Submitting a resume to an online database feels like sending it into a black hole. Some never get read, and some get noticed -- but not for the right reasons. While half the battle might be simply getting the hiring manager to see your resume, the other half is making sure that you come across as professional, savvy, and the perfect candidate for the job.
We had the chance to chat with Lauren Berger, "The Intern Queen," to get her input on the role that internships play in preparing college students for successful careers. Here's what the internship expert had to say.
Nowadays, it's not uncommon for recruiters to be inundated with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of resumes when trying to fill a position at a company. So, how can you (the job seeker) ensure that you get noticed out of the endless number of applicants? One of the best ways to connect with potential employers is through social media networks, but connecting sometimes isn't enough. We will take a look at some of the creative ways that social media can be used to get your resume noticed.
As a job seeker, it’s common to get at least one rejection letter from a company where you’ve applied for work. Candidate rejection letters can seem like a slap in the face, when really they are meant to foster good will with candidates who may not be suited for a job at the present time. If you look beyond the actual rejection itself, you may see that there are some things to be learned from receiving a rejection letter.
"But everyone's doing it, Mom!" Not only is social media contributing to the annihilation of your child's grammar and spelling, but it may also be destroying his or her chances at a promising career down the road. The combination of social media and impressionable youth is like Pandora's box, releasing the evils of the world for all to see, tweet, post, like, and comment on. What your son or daughter thinks is "cool" to share with friends on social media today, may come back to bite him or her in the career butt later, which is totally not cool, man.
Everyone is familiar with the work of blockbuster director Steven Spielberg. But did you know that he got his start in the movie business by pretending to work at Universal Studios? According to a 1969 interview, Steven gained access to the famed lot by dressing in a suit and walking past the guards as if he belonged there. After a few days of this, he found an empty bungalow (an old dressing room that had been turned into an office), had the switchboard turn on his phone then started work on his first movie. He stayed there for two years before anyone realized he didn't actually work for the studio.
Have you ever landed a job after talking your way out of almost every interview question? Or, maybe, you didn't ignore his questions, but your answers inadvertently caused the interviewer to resign. If so, you have something in common with these Quora members. Their stories beat anything you've ever seen or done in an interview.
LinkedIn recently added a revamped "Who's Viewed Your Profile" feature to its extensive list of upgrades for the professional social network. The site is hoping to encourage its users to engage more with the site by appealing to human curiosity. People want to know who is covertly examining their LinkedIn information, whether that person is a potential employer, current coworker, or personal acquaintance. Now, LinkedIn has provided its users with the means to reach out to the people viewing their profiles, hopefully expanding their networks and building beneficial relationships that can positively impact their careers. This, folks, is the beauty of social networking.
If you haven't heard, Hillary Clinton finally activated her Twitter account this past Monday, and it's a pretty big deal. There was much anticipation of the eventual arrival of Hillary Clinton on the social media site, and when she finally made an appearance, she definitely did not disappoint. From her witty bio to her comical first tweet, the former Secretary of State made her debut well worth the wait.
In "The Internship," Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play forty-something unemployed salesmen who are desperately seeking a mid-life change. Using their gift of gab, they talk their way into the Google Intern program even though they're twice the age of the rest of the group and they have no tech experience. (It's a comedy movie so you have to overlook the lack of logic.)
With some 200 million users connecting at the speed of light on LinkedIn, it can be a little challenging to stand out as in your chosen field. Yet, a well-designed LinkedIn profile is paramount for success as a job seeker today. More and more recruiters are looking to LinkedIn for detailed backgrounds on candidates. Therefore, you need to do what it takes to make sure your LinkedIn profile is looking its best. After all, you’ve got some stiff competition on LinkedIn!
You know that guilty feeling you get for checking Facebook at work, because you think that if someone sees you, they're going to assume that you never do an ounce of work … ever? Well, according to the University of Florida's online MSM infographic, you can actually turn that guilty obsession into a viable career!
Are you struggling to get your resume noticed by hiring managers? You are not alone. In today’s competitive job market, getting on the radar of the top hiring managers takes more than just a well-written resume. It helps tremendously to get a referral from a trusted source, which can open many more doors to career success.
Every year, thousands of dancers from all around the nation line up to audition for the Fox series, So You Think You Can Dance. Their ultimate goal? To get "hired" as one of the season's top 20 dancers. Each performer only has a few minutes to impress the judges not only with their talent but with their personality. If they succeed, they move on to the second round (Vegas). From there, it's like a probationary period where everything they do is under scrutiny and in the end, only the very best get the job.